Confidentiality & Reporting Options


Syracuse University is committed to providing safe and supportive spaces to students who have been impacted by sexual and relationship violence.  The University simultaneously strives to maintain a safe learning and living environment for all students in a manner that is consistent with state and federal laws.  It is important for students to be well informed in regards to the confidential resources available to them in the event that they have experienced sexual or relationship violence.

Counseling Center therapists, University Health Services Providers, and the Chaplains at Hendricks Chapel are all considered to be privileged and confidential resources.  These individuals are neither required nor permitted to provide any information regarding an incident of sexual assault or relationship violence to any outside party without the consent of the student involved in the incident.  More specifically, these individuals will not provide any information about a reported incident of sexual assault or relationship violence to the Syracuse University Title IX Coordinator or any law enforcement agency without a survivor’s permission.  Please click here for additional information regarding the Counseling Center’s confidentiality policy.

Employees of Syracuse University other than those mentioned above are considered “responsible employees” and are required to report all of the details regarding an incident of sexual or relationship violence (including the identities of both the survivor and alleged perpetrator) to the Title IX Coordinator.  Examples of “responsible employees” include staff members who work in Student or Academic Affairs (e.g., Office of Residence Life staff, Academic Deans, and Athletic Department staff).

To file a complaint: 

  • Against a student, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Sheila Johnson at 315.443.0211 or
  • Against a faculty member, please contact Sheila Johnson-Willis, Interim Chief, Equal Opportunity & Title IX Officer or LaVonda Reed, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
  • Against a staff member, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or Human Resources.
  • Against a contractor, third party, or visitor, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Parties have the right to end the informal process and begin the formal process at any time:

  • Interim measures are available to protect reporting individual, as necessary, during the University’s Title IX investigation (e.g., no contact order; change academic or living situations as appropriate with minimum burden on reporting individual; counseling; health and mental health services; escort services; academic support; retake course or withdraw without penalty) and sources of counseling (hyperlink to SRVR), advocacy and support (hyperlink to Office of Student Assistance).
  • Interim steps will be taken promptly, and at no cost to the reporting individual, and the University will continue to take these steps if sexual violence is found to have occurred.
  • The preponderance of the evidence standard of proof will be used for investigating and adjudicating Title IX complaints.Formal process-Title IX Coordinator, investigators, and adjudicators receive mandatory training on the handling of complaints of sexual harassment,  the University’s Title IX Policy and Grievance Procedures, and the confidentiality requirements

The Title IX Coordinator, investigators, and adjudicators receive mandatory training on the handling of complaints of sexual harassment, the University’s Title IX policy and the confidentiality requirements.

Retaliation, including retaliatory harassment, and retaliation by third parties are prohibited.

Reporting Concerns to the University

To report concerns regarding Sexual and relationship violence email the Title IX office. 

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